SANDRA ALLAND

WRITER, ARTIST, CURATOR

Queer & Trans Arts in Scotland since 2009

 

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– The Skinny

 

"An art movement like no other." 
– Nim Ralph, Open Democracy

 

"Cachín Cachán Cachunga! really matters in contemporary Scotland... 
(it) brings together a diverse group of artists, making it both 
difficult to pigeon-hole and restlessly contemporary." 
– The Vile Blog

 

"...something of a phenomenon." 
– The List

 


Latest news! In collaboration with Strathclyde University Feminist Research Network, we're supporting an event with visiting gender/queer travel writer, Bani Amor!

 

 

 

Decolonizing Travel Culture: A Workshop with Bani Amor
Transmission Gallery, 28 King St, Glasgow G1 5QP
Saturday, 16th November, 1pm-4.30pm
Limited capacity workshop; £15 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Please e-mail Bani Amor at heyitsbani@gmail.com to book a slot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


[Image description: A collage of travel photos and a photo of Bani Amor. The words 'High' and "Yankee Go Home' are graffitied on objects. A pair
of feet in trainers and tent flaps frame a beautiful mountain. Landmarks, waterfalls, vegetation, clouds. Bani has short hair and wears sunglasses,
a blue patterned shirt and a black jacket; they look directly into the camera, their left hand holding their right arm below the elbow.]


(Access information at bottom of event description)

What does it mean to decolonize travel culture? In this workshop, we will be using a pre-assigned syllabus to establish an understanding of the movement toward decolonization, how tourism functions as a manifestation of settler colonialism, and trace this history through travel media from the conquistador’s field notes to Instagram. Participants will be reading, writing, and discussing themes broken down into three parts⁠—media, culture, and industry⁠—and we will possibly be joined by experts via video-chat presentations. We will draw from our personal experiences with power, home, and migration in order to understand the personal and political stakes we all have in forming transnational connections of worker’s solidarity, as tourism is widely considered as an apolitical pastime and not a driver of labor, culture, and land exploitation. We hope to collect the materials we’ve created in the workshop into a zine format.

In collaboration with Strathclyde Feminist Research Network. Big thanks to Transmission Gallery for the space.

Bani Amor is a gender/queer travel writer who explores the relationships between race, place, and power. Their work has appeared in CNN Travel, Fodor’s, AFAR, and Teen Vogue, and in Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity, and the upcoming Where We Stand: Brown and Black Voices Speak the Earth. Follow them on Twitter @bani_amor and on Instagram at @baniamor.

 

The Strathclyde University Feminist Research Network brings together staff and students from across the University, developing a stronger feminist research presence along with increased visibility and connectedness.
Twitter: @strath_fem


TRAVEL INFO:
TRAIN:
11-20 minute walk/wheel from trains at Central Station and Queen Street Station; the stations have lifts and level access entrances
BUSES:
-eastbound buses 2,18, 60, 60A, 61, 64 stop on Trongate just before King Street, then it is a 1-5 minute walk/wheel
-westbound buses 2,18, 60, 60A, 61, 64 stop on Trongate before Stockwell Street, then it is a 3-7 minute walk/wheel back eastward
PARKING: There is an NCP paid car park south of the gallery at Osborne and King Streets, which is about a 3-7 minute walk/wheel to the gallery. There is also metered street parking on the streets near the gallery, though these tend to be busy on a Saturday.

ACCESS INFO:

Level access from street via two non-automatic doors (1.1m and 0.82m, one after the other; there is a slight lip before the first door); wheelchair-accessible and genderless toilet (door width of 0.85cm; space dimensions of 2.15m x 1.6m; lowered sink height of 0.71m; toilet height of 0.48m; fixed assistance bars on both sides of the toilet and sink plus an additional drop-down assistance bar to the right of the toilet; emergency cord to the right of toilet); moveable seating; combination of natural and overhead, on/off fluorescent lighting; participants will be asked to read materials in advance; captioned presentation and audio descriptions for visuals will be provided.

 

 

 

Read curator Sandra Alland's article on our 10th anniversary:

 

https://disabilityarts.online/blog/sandra-alland/ten-years-of-cachin/

 

 

 

Most recent event: Disabled and D/deaf Queer & Trans Pride
Sunday, 15th July, 2018
The Space, Glasgow, Free!

 

-LGBTQI+ Vocabulary in British Sign Language with Bea Webster

-Film Programme curated by Sandra Alland

-Film panel with Bea Webster, Claire Cunningham, Bel Pye, Donna Williams and San Alland

-Open Mic of music, spoken word & readings, with comedy and compering from AB Silvera

-DJs Nena Etza and Kaiserin!

 

ACCESS: quiet space, relaxed events,

BSL interpreting, projected text, large

print, captioned films, level access.

 

Full access and travel info

(text with photos): tinyurl.com/y9977nuu


EVENT INFO:

 

Text: tinyurl.com/ydy2r4lf

BSL info (video): youtu.be/VKcwAiHKgbc

Audio Info (SoundCloud)

Event Info: tinyurl.com/ydymcn84

Travel Info: tinyurl.com/yc4kfblw

Access Info: tinyurl.com/y9t4wnuk


[Photo image of an audience from behind, facing a screen with the title card 'Bilingual Poet's Dilemma by
Donna Williams'. Everyone in the audience has their hands raised, the BSL sign for 'clapping'.]


CCC in 2016-17

Who's Your Dandy?, featuring 'Equivalence' and Andra Simons, played at Edinburgh Filmhouse in November 2017. The show mixed live multimedia performance with a screening of shorts by Dickie Hearts, Tina Takemoto, Tourmaline, Françoise Doherty and Shira Avni. In September 2017, (with thanks to Nat Raha) we hosted Eli Clare at CCA Glasgow for a discussion of ideas of 'cure' and his book, Brilliant Imperfection. Guests included Nathan Gale, Bea Webster and Emilia Beatriz. In 2016, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! took part in Arts & Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (Glasgow University), with a talk on CCC history and the neoliberal biases of Scottish and UK funding models. We also participated in Proud City, an exhibition at People's Story Museum on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, which included posters, photos and other historical information about CCC (September 2016-February 2017). For more info on past and future events: facebook.com/CachCachCach.


CCC! Overview

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is an independent Scottish arts collective that produces visual, recorded and live art by LGBTQI+ people. We mentor and collaborate. We encourage artistic risk-taking and experimentation.

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! creates and promotes artistic works about and by trans, intersex and queer people – with added emphasis on artists who are also racialised, people of colour, Black, Indigenous, BAME, asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, D/deaf, working class, working poor, skint, neurodivergent, Mad, ill, crip, disabled and/or from any related background/experience.

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is disability-led, and produces accessible arts events for both audiences and artists. We aim to provide level access, quiet space, Braille, large print, audio description, film captioning, surtitling/speech-to-text, BSL interpreting, relaxed events, and fragrance-free spaces. We encourage both emerging and established artists from our communities to develop their practice in a safer yet artistically challenging environment.

We're dedicated to creating safer spaces and discussions for trans, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer, agender, gender variant, bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, gay, queer and asexual people facing complex oppressions. We actively study intersectional feminism and transfeminism.

Most events are curated by Sandra Alland; others are organised and led by committee or individual community members.


CCC! History

Started as a monthly cabaret event in 2009, CCC has continued to grow and change. In addition to large-scale performance events, we offer community-building events like Open Barbers & Potluck Brunch, Open Mics, and The Giant Queer-Ass Trans-tastic Picnic.

Thanks to generous donations from our communities in 2015, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! hosted an exciting season of 3 community discussions and 5 Open Mics, plus 4 Health Lotteries with prizes like haircuts, counselling and massage from queer and trans practitioners. Featured artists included Lake Montgomery, AB Silvera, Liz Cronin and Robert Softley Gale. We also held our first QTiPOC-only and disabled-only discussions, as well as an open talk on classism in LGBTQI+ communities. In 2014, CCC produced two large-scale visual art exhibitions with live performances – SEEP: Fluidity in Body & Landscape at Media Education, and SEEP II: Mirrors & Mires at Patriothall Gallery. 

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! has presented everything from performance poetry in British Sign Language to gay parrot puppets, from noise music to opera, from discussions on racism to interactive installations and collaborative photography. Other recent featured artists include Yasmin Al-Hadithi, Tourmaline, Stacey Milbern, Patty Berne and Juli Saragosa.

More infohttps://vimeo.com/album/2776527

More history: https://disabilityarts.online/blog/sandra-alland/ten-years-of-cachin/

Cachín Cachán Cachunga!